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It's a monthly look at arts gallery openings and other arts happenings - including Ellen George, Mickalene Thomas, 'A Sense of Place' and Craft Wonderland Spring Art & Craft sale

COURTESY: WATERSTONE GALLERY - At Waterstone Gallery, 'A Sense of Place' exhibit opens, featuring Angelita Surmon's 'Fall Scattering' and more.The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month to coincide with First Thursday — this month, it's Thursday, May 2:

• Ellen George, who works with ultra-thin birch plywood, displays her work, "I begin with a thin line," at PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St. It opens at 6 p.m. First Thursday and shows through June 1. For more: Her technique: She begins with a line of silver point or gold point, and strikes the surface of the panel, leaving multiple vertical lines of thin metal embedded in the wood — permanent lines that become axis points for built-up imagery in gouache (opaque watercolor).

• Mickalene Thomas' video installation "Do I Look Like a Lady?," showing at Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., through Aug. 31, looks at female African-American identities and the way they intersect with the notion of beauty. For more:

• Waterstone Gallery's group exhibition, "A Sense of Place," celebrates our connection to place — geographic, emotional, spiritual — in the form of felting, sculpture and painting. It's on display through June 2 at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave. For more:

• Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) presents its Joy Market, a fundraiser tabbed "The Ultimate Eclectic Garage Sale." It takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, at PICA, 15 N.E. Hancock St. Art, quilts, jewelry, clothing, furniture, art books, electronics, power tools, kitchen supplies, home furnishings, garden supplies, art supplies, bicycles, records, games, toys and more will be for sale. For info:

• The Crafty Wonderland Spring Art & Craft 2019 sale takes place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. It's free to attend. For more:

• Make plans to see the work of local artists at several locations at the Mt. Tabor Art Walk, May 18-19. It's free to attend. For complete info:

• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. on First Thursday,

• For information on galleries: First Thursday,; Portland Art Dealers Association,

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